Plan for a new cafe at the old Ladbrokes on the merchant quarter of Kirkcaldy High Street

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The owner of Pommy’s World Buffet aims to turn the former Ladbrokes shop into a cafe.

Imran Haqqan, manager of Nisa Extra in Dysart and owner of Pommy’s World Buffet on the Esplanade, has announced plans to turn the former Ladbrokes branch at the east end of the High Street into a cafe with an apartment added above .

A similar application had been made earlier in 2021 but was later withdrawn in October, but a new change of use offer has now been submitted and formally registered with Fife Council this week.

The app would not only see the former bookmakers shop converted into a cafe serving hot food, but it would also see the building upgraded, with replacement windows and doors installed, walls redone and skylights introduced.

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The store is currently empty.

A strong report accompanying the application suggests action could be taken to mitigate any potential impact the coffee business may have on surrounding properties, and Fife Council has also been urged to back the plans as soon as possible.

It is understood that the old staircase entrance on the Esplanade side of the property will be blocked off and access to the cafe will only be available via a new entrance from the High Street.

Planners are expected to consider the application before next summer, although if more than five objections to the plans are received the matter will be referred to local councilors for a final decision.

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